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2022 CEO Summit


The Leaders on Purpose CEO summit agenda is designed as a global strategy meeting to help to achieve business commitments, scale efforts, elevate purpose-led transformation, and introduce an enabling ecosystem of productive change.


Jeffersonian Dinner / Sep. 21 / Spring PLACE, New York City, NY, USA

Hosted in partnership with our sponsors & program partners - The Thunderbird School of Management, Berggruen Institute, Equity Group Holdings, The Meridian International Center and the World Indigenous Forum - the Leaders on Purpose Jeffersonian dinner will be held in New York. The evening will start early with keynote welcome speeches and panel discussions with some of our most distinguished guests, followed by dinner and informal conversation. Leaders on Purpose members and our unique community of leaders are exceptional in their commitment to creating a better future for all and we are excited to provide the exclusive platform for conversation, collaboration, and coalition formation. The Jeffersonian dinner experience is an exclusive, invitation-based event.

The program began with a welcome from our CEO, Christa Gyori and commenced with the fireside chat of H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) with PayPal President Dan Schulman.


Leaders on Purpose Summit / Sep. 22 / New York City, NY, USA

Hosted at JAVITS CENTER as part of NEST SUMMIT. 

For directions please look for the North Entrance to Javits Center, located at the corner of 39th St. and 11th Avenue and follow the signs to NEST SUMMIT. Leaders on Purpose are convening on the 5th floor in Room 501. Please follow signs to the "Nest Summit" to be directed to the elevator, where attendees can access the fifth floor. 

Badges for registered attendees will be provided outside of the conference room in Room 501.

Panel Stage

8.45 am - 9.45 am 

Opening Ceremony 

We look forward to welcoming the speakers and attendees of this year's Leaders on Purpose CEO Summit. Our Opening Ceremony sets the scene with poetry from Txai Surui and several keynotes from prominent leaders of the purpose-first economy. 

Christa Gyori, CEO & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose | Tatiana Kazakova, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose | Txai Surui, Poet | Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President, The Berggruen Institute 

09.45 am - 10.45 am

Systemic Leadership for the Purpose Economy - Partnership & Trust

This session builds on the Leaders on Purpose CEO Letter for the Purpose First Economy that has impacted today over 22 countries that are working on aspects of purpose-driven business legislation. Public discourse about organizational purpose has increased fivefold since 1994. The circular economy alone presents a five trillion-dollar annual business opportunity. But achieving the SDGs requires systemic organization involving diverse stakeholders around a shared goal. In response to employees’ and consumers’ consciousness, purpose-driven leaders in both private and public sectors should focus on systemic value propositions.

Jules Chappell, CEO, Kokoro | Dr. James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Group Holdings | Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO, Vodafone Ghana | Moderator: Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard University & Co-Founder Gardner & Co

10.45 am - 11.45 am

Transition on Purpose: Leading Systemic Business Model Transformation in Times of Disruption

Purposeful change requires corporate involvement on a systemic level. Purpose-driven companies need to adopt a systemic approach to their leadership and business models to unleash talent and innovation that deliver societal, planetary and business value. In this session, leaders share insights, learnings and examples of leading systemic transformation of business models across industries and sectors to accelerate our global commitments. Additionally, they share ideas and calls for action for future collaborations and practices, as well as what is required to achieve them.

Andres Gluski, CEO, AES | Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Standard Charter | Salim Ismail, Chairman, OpenExO | Dr. Tatiana Kazakova, CSO & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose | Moderator: Pauliina Murphy, Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

11.45 am - 12.15 pm

Talent on Purpose: Unleashing Potential and Providing Opportunity

Fireside chat on what businesses gain by being inclusive of refugee talent, through the business case of Chobani’s Tent Partnership. 

Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO, Chobani

Moderator: Christa Gyori, CEO & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose

12.15 pm - 1.00 pm 

Talent on Purpose: Unleashing the Purpose-CentEred Organization

Focusing on emerging best practices related to talent, speakers will discuss how organizations can unleash talent to transform society into a purpose economy.

Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President, The Berggruen Institute | Bidjan Nashat, CEO, Atlas Corps. | Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Executive Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center, Smithsonian Institution | Denise Robertson, CPO, TBWA Chiat Day | Moderator: Lucian Tarnowski, Founding Curator, United Planet

1.00 pm - 1.40 pm 


1.40 pm - 2.00 pm 

Unleashing Systemic Pathways for Purpose-Driven Business Impact

Fireside chat on the adequate levels of incentive, finance and revenue to business impact in creating a purpose-first economy.

Robert Grant, CEO/Founder, CEYEBER

Introduced by Dean Sanjeev Khagram, Dean, Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Management

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm 

Innovation & Regeneration on Purpose: Systemic Core Issues - Interconnectedness Water, Food & Energy

How can sustainable infrastructure address the connectivity of water, food, and energy to emphasize synergy in sustainable development?

Dr Marcelo C. de Andrade, Chairman, Pro Natura | Stephen Brooks, Co-Founder, Ecoversity | Sandrine Dixson Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome | Mike Hewitt, CEO, iP3

Moderator: Karsten Ottenberg, Former CEO, BSH Homeappliances Group

3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Regions on Purpose: PROColOmbia Panel & Meridian International

This session will cover the Latin American/Western Hemisphere region and include perspectives from both the public and private sectors.

Ambassador Luis Gilberto Murillo, Ambassador to the US | Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom | Livio Scalvini, Executive Director, Imperial AC | Mauricio Zollo, Scientific Director, Leonardo Center Imperial College | Moderator: Ambassador Stuart Holliday, CEO, The Meridian International Center 

4.00 pm - 5.00 pm


Considering cities generate more than 80% of the global GDP, how can we address these challenges and purposefully transition them into societally equitable frameworks, powered by ESG-aligned innovations?

Tony Cho, CEO, Future of Cities | Valeska Hernandez, CEO, The Visionist Advisers | Claus Mathisen, CEO, NREP | Khalid Fagih, MD & CEO, Red Sea International | Ahmet Mücahid Ören, CEO, İhlas Holding 

Moderator: Adam Penny, CEO, The Beautiful Truth

5.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Tech as Systemic Leverage for Purpose-Driven Transformation

Fireside chat on how purposeful leadership, business, and investments founded on transformative technology scale positive impact for the benefit of humanity and Earth’s ecosystems.

Anthony Stephan, CEO, Cornerstone Development

Moderator: Stephen Ibaraki, Founder, AI for Good

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Technology on Purpose: Trust, Transparency, Resilience, Scale of Value & Impact

Given the critical role of digital technologies to drive transformation and global reshaping, how can we champion purpose in technological innovation to scale value and impact? 

Nadia Harhen, President of Healthcare, SandboxAQ | Stephen Ibaraki, Founder, AI for Good | Tenzin Seldon, Founder, Pulse Fund | Don Pickering, CEO, SysMeta |
Lyndaine Demetilla, Managing Director, Impact District & Co-Founder SatoshiWomen | Dr. Soudip Roy Chowdury, CEO, Eugene.AI

Moderator: Ann Rosenberg, Co-Founder, UN SDG Ambition

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Unleashing Capital on Purpose, Value Creation & Future of Money - The New Economy

Leaders in the finance industry will explore the industry’s role in unleashing capital to invest in value creation of innovative products and services and an accessible, equitable future of money.

Eric Duflos, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP (World Bank Group) | Lawrence Ford, CEO, Conscious Capital Wealth Management | Daniela Herrmann, CEO, Topan | Stephan Nicoleau, CEO, FullCycle | Brock Pierce, CEO, Helios

Moderator: Daniela Herrmann, CEO, Topan

7.30 pm - 8.15 pm

CLOSING CEREMONY | Leaders on Purpose Outlook & Reception including ‘Step into the Future’

Join us at this year's closing ceremony, enjoy a drink from our sponsors and step into the future with us after a day filled with deep and constructive conversation. 

Fireside Stage

8.45 am - 9.45 am 

ON PANEL STAGE / Opening Ceremony 

09.45 am - 10.15 am

climate action at scale: Reshaping the climate narrative

Speakers share insights of what they learned — the good, the bad, the ugly — as important communicators in the movement, and how they are reshaping the narrative towards net-zero transformation.

Anthony Leiserowitz, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication | David Fenton, Founder, Fenton Communications | Moderator: Rob Schuham, Executive Director, The Consilience Project

10.15 am - 10.45 am

Purpose Maturity: When Purpose-Driven Business and Impact Enter a Next Stage

Fireside chat on purpose-centered business transformation for systems change, through the business case of AB InBev.

Michel Doukeris, CEO, AB InBev

Moderator: Gillian Tett, Editor-at-Large, Financial Times, US

10.45 am - 11.45 am

Future-Fit Boards for Systemic Business Model Transformation

As impactful as businesses are in achieving SDGs by 2030, what practical guidance can help board directors prepare for systemic business model transformation?

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards | Micheal O'Leary, Partner, L Catterton | Anders Rodenberg, CEO, Denominator

Moderator: Jeff Twentyman, Partner, Slaughter and May

11.45 am - 12.30 pm

Climate on Purpose - Global Carbon Removal Partnership

Leaders share insights of how they are refining the path towards net-zero transformation of their companies and keeping them accountable for reaching the 2050 goal.

Aditya Agrawal, Founder/CEO, Data for Development Insights | Honorable Mohamed R. Swaray, Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone | Henry Mcloughlin, Director, Capricorn Investment Group | Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks, for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Moderator: Sanjeev Khagram, Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management

12.30 pm - 

The systemic role of esg

As more businesses commit to ESG goals, coordination and alignment is key to fully enable positive systemic transformation from global to community levels.

Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO, GEC Risk Advisory 

Moderator: Dante Disparte, Head of Policy, Circle

1.00 pm - 1.40 pm 


1.10 pm - 1.30 pm 

Common Good Capitalism is Next after ESG 

While growth of ESG investing is a sign that markets are shifting towards addressing societal and environmental risks, it should also be harnessed to benefit its citizens.

Terry Moullner, Chair/Founder, Calvert Capital

1.40 pm - 2.15 pm 

Scale on Purpose - Hyperscale Systemic Enterprise Transformation

Leaders will share insights on interconnected strategies enables companies to scale quickly, while achieving its objectives and overall purpose.

Ian de Cruz, Global Director, Partnering for Green Growth & Global Goals 2030 (P4G) | Salim Ismail, Chairman, OpenExO | Brennan Spellacy, CEO, Patch | Dr. Noémie Le Pertel, CEO, Center for Positive Leadership & Institute for Global Flourishing

Moderator: Chris Traub, CEO, Strategic Executive Search

2.15 pm - 3.00 pm

Water on Purpose - Vector Center

How can companies lead with purpose, create new financial incentives, and integrate and together promote water and climate actions?

Will Hewes, Global Lead, Water Sustainability, Amazon AWS | Saroj Kumar Jha, Global Director, Global Water Practice, The World Bank | Bea Perez, Chief of Communications, Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships, Coca Cola

Moderator: Carl Ganter, CEO, Vector Center 

3.00 pm - 3.40 pm

Industry on Purpose - Business Case

A discussion on how AB InBev is able to achieve sustainability in its renewed purpose to bring people together over cheers.

John Blood, Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, AB InBev

Moderator: Myriam Sidibé, Founder, Brands on a Mission

3.40 pm - 4.00 pm

Talent on Purpose - Unleashing Youth & Skills

How can organizations unleash talent to transform society into a purpose economy?

Laura Kohler, Co-Founder & Senior Vice President, HR, Stewardship & Sustainability, Kohler Co.

Moderator: Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President, The Berggruen Institute

4.00 pm - 4.45 pm

Africa on Purpose - Africa Coalition

Delving into the socio-economic transformation of Africa through a collaborative and ecosystem-centric approach.

Dr. James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Group Holdings | David Solomon, Co-Founder, World Indigenous Forum 

4.45 pm - 5.00 pm 


5.00 pm - 5.40 pm

Thriving Society & Health on Purpose

What is the private sector’s role in creating solutions for society’s health-first transformation?

Benjamin Rolnik, Director, Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab | Moderator: James Morgon, CEO, Mindstruck

5.40 pm - 6.20 pm

Space on Purpose

Speakers will discuss how leaders must take action in the space industry to contribute to economic development, sustainability, and make space a safe and globally accessible domain.

Khalid M. Fagih, Managing Director & CEO, Red Sea International | Justus Kilian, Partner, Space Capital | Kelly Larson, CEO, Aquarian Space | Kim Macharia, Executive Director, Space Prize, CEO/Founder, Stardust

Moderator: Kimberly Washington, CEO/Founder Space4Girls, Executive Vice President, Deep Space Biology-Georgia Tech, Advisor, Leaders on Purpose

6.20 pm - 6.50 pm

Technology to Scale Impact - Web3 & Blockchain

Building on interoperability allows platforms to scale and deliver types of larger value creation opportunities.

Osho Jha, Co-Founder, dClimate | Charlie Moore, Head of Carbon & ESG Solutions, Chainlink Labs | Chandra Shekhar Sinha, Advisor, Climate Change Group, World Bank

Moderator: Diana Barrero Zalles, Head of Research & Sustainability, Global Blockchain Business Council

September 23, 2022 | AFRICA ON PURPOSE FORUM

Africa on Purpose Forum / Sep. 23 / New York City, NY, USA

Held during the prestigious annual Leaders on Purpose CEO Summit, this forum will bring together global leaders from across business, government, philanthropy, and wider purpose-driven organizations to discuss and collaborate on ideas and propose outcomes aligned with the themes of 'The Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan'. ​ Hosted in partnership with our partners - The Berggruen Institute, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, Equity Group Holdings, and The World Indigenous Forum - the Leaders on Purpose Africa on Purpose Forum focuses on accelerating support for The Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan - a multi-pronged plan to drive the socio-economic transformation of Africa through a collaborative and ecosystem centric approach. A USD 6 billion Regional Private Sector Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan for East Africa, enabling the socio-economic transformation of the East Africa region as a whole.

Leading Purpose-Driven Systems Transformation

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